tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS January 23, 2020 6:30pm-7:00pm PST
♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight-- spreading to america. possible new cases of that deadly coronavirus from china. two more states now on alert. plus, the new travel warning just out. criminal conduct-- democrats spend day two of the president's trial outlining their charges. >> abuse, betrayal, corruption. >> o'donnell: why they say president trump should lose his job, even he didn't commit a crime. >> impeachment is the constitution's final answer for a president who mistakes himself for a king.: bear a top drug executive just sentenced to prison for his role in the opioid crisis. how he made billions hooking patients on painkillers. firefighters killed-- a tanker plane flown by americans goes down, fighting those
wildfires in australia. tonight, the heartbreak at home. the fix is in. days before the grammys, more bombshell allegations. the suspended boss of the recording academy breaking her silence. why she says the music awards are rigged. lowering your score-- the new rules that change how your credit is calculated. could it hurt your chances of buying a car, or getting a job? lonely in america-- the new study out tonight. why do so many people feel alone? and the simple thing you can do to feel more connected. remembering jim lehrer, the legendary journalist, who questioned presidential candidates. how he inspired millions to learn about their country. and, more than a helping hand. the father and son sharing compassion, one meal at a time. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
>> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west. there's a lot of breaking news as we come on the air tonight, including possible new cases of the deadly virus in china here in the u.s. but we will begin with the dramatic day in the senate impeachment trial. the house managers prosecuting president trump spent their second day of arguments laying out their case for article i, and how they say the president abused his power. the president is taunting democrats for refusing to make a deal, allowing him to call witnesses in exchange for letting them call his top aides. this is a new poll suggesting a majority of americans from both parties want to hear that new testimony. and tonight, we're learning when the president's lawyers could start making their own arguments. and it can't come soon enough for the president, who has spent his time launching an escalating series of attacks on twitter. nancy cordes is on capitol hill tonight. nancy. >> reporter: norah, the house ntpeachment managers spent today arguing that the president didn't just abuse his power to help his own re-election but
that he did it by employing a russian narrative that his own aides had tried and failed to debunk. >> everyone else told the president time after time, "this is nonsense." >> reporter: the spotlight today was on president trump's motives for pursuing two conspiracy theories-- one about the 2016 election, and one about joe biden. >> the one person who told president trump his theory is true? who was it? you know it was our adversary, russia. >> reporter: and, they argued that with biden leading in the polls by last spring, mr. trump pressured ukraine to launch what he hoped would be an embarrassing investigation. >> no president has ever used his office to compel a foreign nation to help him cheat in our elections. >> on the basis of this russian propaganda, he withheld $400 million in military aid to
a nation russia was fighting, our ally. >> reporter: the president imfended himself once again today in a torrent of tweets. one trump confidant tells cbs news that g.o.p. senators have been warned, "vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike." so far, their heads appear to be safe. >> so far, what schiff has said, we've heard before. >> i didn't hear anything new. >> they're already repeating the same points they made for 13 hours yesterday. >> the same republicans saying they heard nothing new, just voted nine times on tuesday to hear nothing new. >> reporter: democratic leader chuck schumer cited a new reuters poll showing seven in 10 americans want the trial to feature witnesses. >> everyone here who is elected has some duty to listen to their constituents. their constituents are saying "witnesses and documents >> o'donnell: nancy joins us from the hill. and the democrats have had two days now to make their case. do we know when we'll hear from
the president's legal team? >> reporter: well, the democrats get one more day tomorrow, which would put the president's defense team up at bat on saturday. but there are some concerns that their arguments won't get as much attention if they deliver them on the weekend. so there's now some talk, norah, of a shortened saturday session, leading to the defense team kicking off its arguments in earnest on monday. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy, thank you. now to that deadly virus from china. tonight, the c.d.c. is sounding the alarm and issuing its most urgent travel warning, to stop the spread right here. but there are now two more possible cases in the u.s., one in los angeles, another in texas. now, that's in addition to a confirmed case in everett, washington. the death toll is up to 18 with more than 600 people infected. carter evans has the very latest. >> reporter: today, a texas a&m student showing possible coronavirus symptoms put the college station university on edge.
>> if there's a confirmed case, contact tracing will begin and all contacts will be monitored for development of symptoms. >> reporter: in wuhan, china, where the virus first emerged, police barricaded roads and blocked access to trains and patrolled the airport as the city shut down in an effort to contain the virus. inside hospitals, people are scrambling for screenings, and at supermarkets, worried residents cleared shelves. the streets of this typically vibrant community are now a ghost town. chinese authorities are ordering similar shutdowns of the nearby cities of huanggang and ezhou, affecting nearly 20 million people. that's more than the population of new york city, los angeles, and chicago combined. china's capital, beijing, canceled major events around the lunar new year holiday indefinitely as the virus spreads to eight countries, sickening more than 600. just south of boston, moderna therapeutics has ramped up its research to create a vaccine specific to the new virus. the company is partnering with the national institutes of
health, which says a vaccine could be ready for human testing in as few as three months. >> there are certainly unknowns. there are certainly risks with moving quickly with a vaccine. but if we don't move now, there's a chance that if things spiral out of control, we won't be able to respond fast enough. >> o'donnell: and carter joins us now from los angeles international airport, which is one of five screening checkpoints in the united states for passengers arriving from china. so, carter, have there been any positive cases there at l.a.x.? >> reporter: well, there was a big scare last night when a sick passenger arrived on a flight from mexico. but the health department here says it's monitoring and testing a few individuals. still, so far, no positive cases of the coronavirus. >> o'donnell: all right, carter, thank you. today, the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executive to be convicted in the opioid crisis was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison. prosecutors say john kapoor orchestrated bribery and kickback schemes to get doctors to prescribe his company's painkiller. anna werner reports on the case.
>> reporter: 76-year-old john kapoor is the founder of insys therapeutics, which prosecutors said aggressively marketed subsys, a potent opioid painkiller which was f.d.a.- approved only for breakthrough cancer pain. according to the f.d.a., more than 8,000 people died from the drug, including 32-year-old sarah fuller, says her mother, deb fuller. >> they all got away with murder. that's exactly what they did. because it's more than sarah that died from this. >> reporter: last year, kapoor and five other former insys therapeutics executives were found guilty of a nationwide conspiracy to boost sales. it was the first successful criminal prosecution, holding pharmaceutical executives accountable for the opioid crisis. ♪ insys therapeutics that is our name ♪ >> reporter: prosecutors presented this rap video during the ten-week trial as evidence. employees of the company were featured in the video. ♪ i got new patients and i got a lot of them ♪ >> reporter: prosecutors say
insys bribed doctors by paying them for sham speaking engagements. sentences for the five other company executives range from a year and a day to 33 months, norah. >> o'donnell: all right, anna, thank you. well, tonight, fire officials in australia have located the wreckage of an aerial tanker that crashed, killing three american firefighters. they were flying a c-130 tanker, like this one, trying to douse pockets of wildfire that could not be reached on the ground. the americans have not been their families flying to australia. the wildfires have burned 25 million acres, an area larger than the state of indiana. three days before music's biggest night, the suspended executive who was in charge of the grammys gave an explosive interview to cbs news, claiming that the awards nominations are rigged by board members in secret meetings. here's vladimir duthiers. >> reporter: the music world's biggest awards show is reeling from deborah dugan's nomination- rigging allegations.
>> yes, and in that room, not only are there trustees that have conflict of interest on particular artists that are nominated, but more importantly, there are even artists that are nominated that are in the room. so for me, that's just such a blatant conflict of interest. >> and the grammy goes to... >> reporter: dugan claims one 2019 song of the year finalist shouldn't have been a nominee and was actually ranked 18th out of 20. dugan has been on administrative leave since last week. the academy is investigating allegations that she created an abusive and bullying environment, made against her by an executive assistant, which dugan denies. on tuesday, dugan filed a federal discrimination complaint, alleging she was sexually harassed, and separately that former president neil portnow did not have his contract renewed because of a rape accusation. portnow told cbs in a statement that he was exonerated after an investigation, saying, "there was no basis for the
allegations, and once again, i deny them unequivocally." >> there's a bit of a haze around the grammys this year. >> reporter: matt beloni is the editorial director for the "hollywood reporter." >> the allegation is that there t a second level of these committees that essentially doctor the voting in order to get certain artists nominated and performing on the show. and if that's true, then that is a giant scandal. >> reporter: in response, the recording academy called the accusations "false," adding "should a committee member qualify for a grammy, they are required to leave the room for the entire listening session and are not allowed to vote in that category." norah, we should disclose the grammy awards show airs sunday on cbs. >> o'donnell: all right, vlad, thank you. tonight, there are emotional family reunions as nine parents deported by the trump administration and separated from their children returned to the u.s. almost 3,000 children were taken away from their parents in the spring of 2018. manuel bojorquez was there as one father was reunited with his
son in los angeles. >> reporter: david xol's tears came spilling out after waiting nearly two years for this moment-- to hug his nine-year- old son byron. >> reporter: xol marveled at how much his son has grown during the time he stayed with a host family in texas. >> i know! >> reporter: xol was one of nine parents who arrived in los angeles early this morning after a court-mandate return. the parents had been detained and then deported to central america, without their children, in 2017 and 2018. but in september, a federal judge ruled that many of the parents had been given false information, and in some cases, pressured into waiving their rights. fernando, a father from guatemala, was greeted by his wife and three daughters. the family sought asylum at the u.s.-mexico border after his teenaged son was murdered. but not all parents had their children waiting at the
airports, and some are across the country under government care or with sponsors. letitia hopes to be reunited with her son in new york soon. she says she can almost feel his hand. the parents are here on so- called humanitarian parole, which does not guarantee that they or their children will be allowed to remain in the u.s. permanently, but now they can wait together as their asylum cases are processed. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, manny, thank you. there is news tonight that will hit many americans right in the wallet. fico, the most widely-used credit score in the country, is changing the way it calculates customer scores, and that will make it harder for millions to get loans. fico will grade customers with ar, d serebt and misd personal loans could also hurt your score. as a result, about 40 million people will see their credit scores drop by 20 points or more. but there's also a flip side to this-- another 40 million who already have high scores will see theirs improve, and that's
going to increase the gap between those who are considered to have good and bad credit. journalism has lost a giant. homeehrer died at home today. the longtime anchor of pbs' "newshour" was 85 years old. lehrer also moderated debates in seven straight presidential elections, following this one rule: "it's not about me. it's what the candidates say that matters." jan crawford looks back. >> good evening. i'm jim lehrer. >> reporter: he was a legend in news, guided by unshakable principles: listen to all sides. viewers are as smart as the journalists. and above all, in his words... >> i am not in the entertainment business. >> reporter: in 1973, his gavel- to-gavel coverage of the watergate hearings... >> do you swear that the evidence... >> reporter: ...led to his longtime partnership with fellow journalist robert macneil. >> we think it is important that you get a chance to see the whole thing and make your own judgments.
>> reporter: over four decades, lehrer's interviews with world and national leaders always went straight to the point. >> would you acknowledge, though, mr. president, this is very serious business, this charge against you that's been made. >> and i will cooperate in the inquiry of it. >> reporter: he moderated 12 presidential debates, more than any other journalist. >> and let's begin with jobs. >> reporter: in a tv appearance just last month, he critiqued the media coverage of president trump. >> we haven't figured it out. >> reporter: maybe a good place to start is with the principles he left us with. >> i'm jim lehrer. thank you and good night. >> reporter: jan crawford, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: our own bob schieffer perhaps summed up how we all feel, because lehrer was a trusted friend to many of us and a role model to us all. there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." an early prison release for a woman found guilty of taunting and texting her boyfriend into suicide.
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